Sweet Potato Tahini Soup

adapted from Searching for Spice

Serves 2 (or one really hungry person)

Prep and cook time: 40 minutes

Cost: $.45

sweet potato: .20, onion: .15, other stuff: .10--guessing a bit here, I admit)

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 chili pepper or a dash of chili powder (if you're a weakling like me)

1 tsp curry powder

1 sweet potato, diced

1 Tbsp red lentils, rinsed (I'm sure another variety of lentils would have rocked too)

1 1/3 C water

1/2 Tbsp tahini

salt to taste

cilantro for garnish, optional

a splash of coconut milk or cream wouldn't hurt either, but I was good with the soup as it was

Heat oil in a pot. Add onion and cook until tender. Add garlic, chili powder, and curry. Cook until fragrant (30-60 seconds). 

Add sweet potatoes and lentils. Stir them around for a minute or so, then cover them with water. (This was Corina's instruction and I loved how instinctive it was; if you're not so into instinct, I used about 1 1/3 C water.) 

Bring to boil. Then reduce to simmer, cover, and cook until sweet potatoes are tender--about 20 minutes, though maybe longer if you're doubling this recipe. 

Add tahini and stir in until it dissolves.

Add salt to taste--I gave it several solid dashes. 

I mashed the soup with a potato masher, although I'm sure you could leave it chunky or puree it. 

Serve with cilantro, coconut milk, or cream. And save some for lunch already.

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